Healthcare professionals in Providence and all throughout the nation take an oath to practice medicine with integrity. They also vow to maintain professional and ethical standards at all times. Their focus is on healing and preventing injuries, so it usually comes as a great shock when medical personnel put their own interests above those of their patients.
A physician specializing in cancer was recently arrested on suspected health fraud charges. A complaint filed against him alleges that over the space of two years the negligent doctor deliberately misdiagnosed patients for financial gain. It was also said that he administered chemotherapy to individuals who were not in need of the drug. Authorities believe that during that same time around $35 million was scammed from Medicare. It is unclear exactly how much money authorities believe the oncologist directly received as a result of his suspected actions.
Chemotherapy is generally given to cancer patients with the intent of fighting malignancies. However, the drug is not without serious side effects and may cause a suppressed immune system, digestive issues and hair loss, among other illnesses. Receiving such a strong drug without a medical necessity can cause tremendous havoc to an otherwise healthy body. Furthermore, the undue stress of dealing with a false cancer diagnosis can be difficult to both the mind and body.
If you have received an unacceptable standard of medical care and have been injured as a result, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you understand your rights and potentially assist you in seeking compensation for your damages.
Source: New York Daily News, “Michigan doctor held on $9 million bond for misdiagnosing cancer patients in Medicare scam,” Trudi Bird, August 16, 2013